Patrick Caulfield dies at 69

caulfield imageThat’s sad. Caulfield’s ‘Stll Life: Autumn Fashion’ (1978) is one of my old favourites from the Walker. I think it was the first art postcard I bought from there.
Here’s what the Walker says about it….

The bold and colourful work of Patrick Caulfield can be termed ‘pop art’ because of his use of highly unconventional techniques and the ironic position that he adopts towards high art.

However, Caulfield does not aspire to the same choice of subject matter as American pop artists. Instead of painting advertising products, celebrities and other features of popular culture, he paints interiors, horses, churches and everyday objects.

‘Still life: Autumn fashion’ depicts an interior, possibly a kitchen, with light coming from an open window. A basket of leeks sits on the table, painted with thick black outlines. By contrast, oysters are shown both in outline and in highly realistic detail.

The thick outlines of the objects make them stand out as if they can be touched. Yet not all of the objects are complete, suggesting that an artist’s work is only truly completed once it is viewed

Link to news item in the Guardian